Build Matt's Oven.
Who We Are
We are Emily and Matt Hyland, a brick-and-mortar husband-and-wife restaurant team in the midst of opening our own independent venture. Last year, with partners, we launched a Neapolitan pizza restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and after selling our portion of the business, we are now excited to delve into our first solo project. We anticipate opening in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, in the late fall of 2013! Our restaurant is the culmination of Matt's work on the NYC culinary scene for a decade - as many of his followers know, he is an impassioned pizzaiolo who loves nothing more than spending his days in front of the fiery oven he calls home.
You can check out his oven misadventures from this past summer on his blog: http://pizzatestkitchen.tumblr.com/
Our Goal - Why We Need Your Help!
In order for Matt to realize his pizza-making ambition, we need to buy our pizza oven and then create a custom design for its exterior. It will stand as the central design piece for the restaurant aesthetic as well as function as the hearth in which the majority of hot dishes on the menu will be cooked. The pizza oven operates - literally and figuratively - exactly like a fireplace, so it makes sense that when you walk into our pizza restaurant, the oven is the focus, because it is a place around which people come together to sit fireside and share memories over the warmth of pizza.
The funding for this project will go towards purchasing the modular oven, installing it, venting it, and creating its design; we are working with a design team to brainstorm the creative vision for the oven - and if project scale allows, we may explore materials beyond traditional mosaic tiles.
As many of you know, the start-up costs for a restaurant are high. We are full speed into this project, and if we are able to fund the work around the oven from good people like yourself, a small bit of the fiscal weight will be lifted off our shoulders.
Pizzas From Our Summer of Testing!
Plain and simple, we are professionals with a passion for food and a true sense of what diners want on their plates. Having moved on strategically from our first restaurant launch, we are developing this business for the long haul; what we are trying to create is not only a welcoming place with delicious food for patrons to enjoy but a local space within a neighborhood community as well as an entrepreneurial home-base for our future as a growing family. After more than twelve years together already, Matt and I want nothing more than to keep moving forward, and we are excited to share in the task of building our life together through the lens of a restaurant - with a beautiful hearth - into which we pour our passion and love.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we face with this project is certainly the timeline, and the timeline can shift based on delays due to permits. We hope to be open by mid-November, but if the Dept. of Buildings is slow on approval of permits or it is difficult to close the job, we may be set back a few weeks. Nonetheless, we are prepared for this obstacle and are working with an excellent permit expediter to navigate the seas of bureaucracy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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